The Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa ranks as one of North America’s most authentic, memorable, and satisfying experiences, offering amenities that make it ideal for meetings and incentives.
Located 30 minutes north of Albuquerque (N.M.) International Airport and owned by the Santa Ana Pueblo, Tamaya is an immersion experience, a place where visitors feel transported to an ancient and proud culture. They can make adobe with their hands, be tantalized by the smell of fresh bread baking in Pueblo ovens, walk along the Rio Grande, and listen for coyotes at dusk.
Working together, Hyatt and the Santa Ana Pueblo leaders have created a tranquil destination that respects and highlights Pueblo culture, yet offers all the pleasures of a luxury resort. Tamaya’s adobe architecture is brilliantly sited; from a distance, the resort’s buildings appear to be stones on the high-desert landscape. As an example of cultural sensitivity, Tamaya’s exterior lighting at night is subdued, so neighboring Pueblo residents (and resort guests) can stargaze.
For meetings, Tamaya features 21,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 12,000-square-foot ballroom, eight meeting rooms, a boardroom, and 3,300 square feet of pre-function space—all equipped with state-of-the-art media systems. (www.tamaya.hyatt.com) If you need golf, New Mexico has created a buzz recently in the golf world with fine new courses. Twin Warriors, located at the Hyatt Tamaya, hosted the PGA Club Players Championship in 2003. Twin Warriors gives players strategic options on nearly every hole, and the course is routed in and around 20 ancient cultural sites and has beautiful grassy knolls and ridges dotted with juniper and piñon pine. Play at the end of the day; the sun paints the nearby Sandia Mountains, showing why the mountains were named for the Spanish word for "watermelon."
Paako Ridge, regarded as the state’s best, is located east of Albuquerque on spectacular, hilly terrain. Paako offers commanding views and memorable greens, and demands precise shots.
Another fine golf option is the Santa Ana Golf Club, located across the road from Twin Warriors. Santa Ana features 27 holes and was the boyhood course of PGA player Notah Begay.
Albuquerque itself is charming and beautiful, with plenty of entertainment options for meeting attendees. The Albuquerque Convention Center has more than 600,000 square feet of flexible space, and transportation in and around Albuquerque is easy. Your attendees will enjoy walking and shopping in wonderful Historic Old Town, taking a nostalgic ride on Route 66, attending an Albuquerque Isotopes minor-league baseball game, or viewing Albuquerque from above by traveling on the Sandia Peak Tramway. Albuquerque also is an ideal location for hot-air ballooning, and Balloon Fiesta Park hosts numerous ballooning events each year. (www.abqcvb.org)
The weather is one of Albuquerque’s greatest assets. Albuquerque is the "high desert," with an elevation of 5,500 feet, giving it four distinct seasons, comfortable temperatures, low humidity, and more than 310 days of sunshine per year.—Larry Keltto